Music Journalists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1888-02-08 Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer and music journalist, born in Helmond, Netherlands (d. 1967)
  • 1923-12-23 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2008)
  • 1928-05-20 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (New York Post; Saturday Evening Post), introduced The Beatles to Bob Dylan, born in Bordentown, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1937-06-15 Ray Coleman, British author (biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Epstein, and Phil Collins), and music journalist (Melody Maker), born in Leicester, England (d. 1996)
  • 1943-05-09 John Hugen Tobler, British rock music journalist and record company executive (ZigZag Magazine co-founder), born in England
  • 1943-08-05 Sandy Pearlman, American lyricist; music producer, artist manager (Blue Öyster Cult), music journalist and record company executive, born in Rockaway, Queens, New York City (d. 2016)
  • 1949-08-23 John Bauldie, British music journalist (The Telegraph (magazine); Q), born in Bolton, England (d. 1996)
  • 1971-01-20 Questlove [Ahmir Thompson], American drummer, producer bandleader (The Roots), and Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker (Summer of Soul), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1976-03-12 Simon Young, English music journalist

Deaths in Music

  • 1968-02-27 Ludvik Podest, Czech composer, music journalist, and conductor dies at 46
  • 1982-04-30 Lester Bangs, American music journalist (Creem; Rolling Stone), and musician (Birdland), dies of accidental cold medicine overdose at 33
  • 1996-09-10 Ray Coleman, British author (biographies of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Brian Epstein, and Phil Collins), and music journalist (Melody Maker), dies at 59
  • 1996-10-22 John Bauldie, British music journalist, dies at 47
  • 2005-08-01 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (New York Post; Saturday Evening Post), introduced The Beatles to Bob Dylan, dies of cancer at 77
  • 2008-08-11 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, dies at 84
  • 2016-07-26 Sandy Pearlman, American lyricist; music producer, artist manager (Blue Öyster Cult), music journalist and record company executive, dies form complications of a stroke at 72